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Culbertson School Board Approves Levy Resolution

The Culbertson Public School board of trustees held their regular, monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.
The athletics director’s report was submitted by David Solem and highlighted Culbertson’s speech and drama coach Jeri Gustafson being awarded the Class C Speech and Drama Coach of the Year.
High school track and golf are slated to begin on Monday, March 11. Solem noted that the golf and junior high track schedules will be finalized by the first week of March.
The technology report was given by principal Mike Olson, noting that the E-rate 470 paperwork has been submitted. Managed POE switches, secure server rack and two battery backups were requested by the school.
Olson has began updating the school’s printer and computer inventory following the need to replace several of them. Olson is planning a technology committee meeting with teachers and school board trustees to review and update the school’s technology plan.
Olson is continuing to work with NorthStar on downloads and access issues and plans to send the school board members his technology requested for the upcoming school year.
The K-8 Science Fair was held on Thursday, Feb. 7. Twelve students advanced to the regional science fair in Havre in March.
The second trimester ended on Friday, Feb. 22.
Culbertson’s Student Council is hosting a junior high dance on Friday, March 1. The dance will be held from 8 until 10 p.m. All students must have signed up to attend by Tuesday, Feb. 27.
As of the date of this meeting, Culbertson Public School had some 266 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th- grade, 10 students less than were enrolled in January. The eighth-grade class lost the most in the last month: a total of four students.
Superintendent Larry Crow-der submitted the superintendent’s report, noting that he is working on the Eastern C Division football schedule for the 2019 season and hopes to have it completed in coming weeks.
The Civil Rights Data Collection has officially opened their website for schools like Culbertson Public School to enter data from the 2017-18 school year. All data must be entered by April 22.
The Impact Aid application was submitted prior to its Jan. 31 deadline. Those payments are expected to begin arriving in October.
Crowder noted that he submitted Part 1 of the Title VI (Indian Education) Grant. This grant is made up of three parts. The first one, which Crowder has already submitted, was due before March 7. Culbertson Public Schools utilizes these funds to pay for the position that Tessa Rumsey currently holds.
In recent months, Crowder has been visited and contacted by superintendents ranging from Glendive to Hinsdale seeking advice and counsel. Scobey and Ennis have requested Culbertson Public School to share their trimester class schedule.
Regarding the Montana Food Bank Network BackPack Program, it was noted that Olson has been contacting schools that utilize the program, has spoken with officials with the Montana's Food Bank Network and has spoke with Culbertson School staff about identifying students. He plans to share a sample of the weekly food allotment and discuss further information regarding his findings at the board meeting scheduled for Monday night, Feb. 25.
A CEA-recommended 2019-2020 school calendar was presented to the board. It was noted for being similar to the school’s current calendar and contains three snow/emergency days and 180 student days.
The board was required to approve a resolution to conduct a trustee and levy election that is slated for Tuesday, May 7. The polls will be held at the school’s cafeteria and will be open from noon until 8 p.m.
Lora Finnicum, school clerk, is currently in the process of finalizing recommendations to the board for appointing judges for the trustee and levy elections.
Mike Olson was recommended to be the high school track assistant coach. Christina Olson was recommended for head junior high and elementary track coach and Terri Sansaver for assistant junior high and elementary track coach. These were the same recommendations as last school year.
Mike Olson’s contract for 2019-20 principal and technology system’s coordinator were renewed.
A resignation letter was received from Fabian Munoz- Lechuga, former special education aide at the school, effective Jan. 24.